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Business Resources for COVID-19

Kilmarnock Economic Development is working with all relevant local, state, and federal partners during this period of COVID-19 to support our businesses and ensure long-term economic vitality. During this time, we will be working hard to support your business. This situation is fluid and there will be updates.  Please contact staff with any questions and/or concerns: Chad Thomas, Economic Development & Tourism cthomas@kilmarnock.com (804) 435-1552 x 26

Forward Virginia: Phase 1 Signs

COVID-19 Symptoms – Sign

Be Smart Stay 6 Feet – Sign

Phase One Requirements – Food Service/Restaurants

Restaurant Checklist – Reopen

Forward Virginia: Phase 1

Executive Order 61

Forward Virginia Requirements

Forward Virginia – Phase 1 Guidelines for Businesses

Food Service Resources

FDA Reopening Best Practices

FDA Food Safety Checklist


Business Resources

COVID -19 Small Business Resources

Overview of SBA Loans (Virginia SBDC)

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – SBDC Summary

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) FAQ

  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will guarantee loans with terms of up to 10 years and interest rates of up to 4% to businesses with fewer than 500 employees. Businesses can qualify for loans of up to $10 million, and the loans will be provided by lenders including banks and credit unions. Eligible businesses can get loan deferment for six months to a year, and the loan may be forgiven if the businesses maintains its payroll for eight weeks at employees’ normal salary levels. Learn More >>

PPP Application (External Link)

  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL): SBA is providing working capital loans of up to $2 million to small businesses and nonprofits affected by the coronavirus. Loans carry an interest rate of 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for nonprofits. Loan repayment terms vary by applicant, up to a maximum of 30 years.


  • Emergency grant of $10,000 to SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan applicants: If your business is denied a loan, applicants can still access this grant, which can be used to provide employee sick leave, maintain payroll or meet other needs like paying rent.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) coronavirus resource page provides a list of relief programs, and it offers guidance to small business owners during this crisis.

Restaurant & Food Service Resources

FDA Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

25 Tips for Getting Your Restaurant Delivery/Takeout Right

Restaurants Pivot to Groceries and Meal Kits


Facebook Small Business Grants Program

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Find Remote Jobs During The Pandemic

Learn More >>


Deferment of State Sales

Businesses impacted by COVID-19 can also request to defer the payment of state sales tax due tomorrow, March 20, 2020, for 30 days. When granted, businesses will be able to file no later than April 20, 2020 with a waiver of any penalties.

The Governor has requested that the Department of Taxation to extend the due date of payment of Virginia individual and corporate income taxes. While filing deadlines remain the same, the due date for individual and corporate income tax will now be June 1, 2020. Please note that interest will still accrue, so taxpayers who are able to pay by the original deadlines should do so.


Unemployment Benefits

Workers may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits if an employer needs to temporarily slow or cease operations due to COVID-19.

The Commissioner of the Virginia Employment Commission has been directed to waive the one-week waiting period so workers will not have to wait to receive unemployment benefits.

Here is a frequently asked questions (FAQ) guide for workers who may be affected by new policies as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.



Temporary Utility Rates and Policies (03.26.2020)

Includes a pay-as-you go rate and no minimum charges.


Additional Federal Resources 

FEMA will offer recovery services to businesses and their employees once this outbreak has ended.

Per the USDA, there is NO problem with the food supply. There’s no need to stockpile off fear when there is no danger to the food supply.

For more information, visit www.CoronaVirus.gov.

The Centers for Disease Control issued guidance for businesses and employees.

The U.S. Department of Labor guidelines for how companies can prepare their workplace for COVID-19. In addition, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched a COVID-19 website with information specifically for workers and employers.

Information on issues relating to wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

News Updates:

Governor Announces Statewide Closure of Certain Non-Essential Businesses